Big Gold Brick

Available now on VOD/digital, the first thing that crossed my mind while the credits were rolling was “why does Megan Fox keep taking these types of roles?” I mean, she is hardly in the film and plays no role other than eye candy. Not really something to build a long lasting career upon. In most instances, you cannot even decide whether she has talent or not. I mean, she is an intriguing figure in that I really do want to see if she can actually act. Roles like this one are not going to advance that investigation.

As for the film, it is an awful mess. Not even really sure what the point or story was here. I did understand that it was about the relationship of a younger writer, Samuel (Emory Cohen – Brooklyn, The Place Beyond the Pines), and an older rich man, Floyd (Andy Garcia – Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather: Part III), who are brought together after a car accident. When Samuel awakens from a coma in the hospital to find Floyd, a stranger, there he is confused. He soon finds out he was hit by a car driven by Floyd. Floyd offers to take Samuel, who has just lost his apartment, in while he recuperates.

After bringing Samuel to his impressive home and introducing him to his second and much younger wife, Jaqueline (Megan Fox – Transformers, Jennifer’s Body), and his twenty-something daughter, Lily (Lucy Hale – Truth or Dare, Scream 4), from his first marriage, Floyd asks Samuel if he could undertake writing a novel based on Floyd’s life. Hesitant, but as he has nothing else going on in his life, Samuel agrees and a series of odd occurrences ensue in which we find out that Floyd is not what he seems on the surface.

A film, written and directed by Brian Petsos (first feature film), which thinks it is enough to be filled with quirky characters. It is a beginning but not enough to make for a solid film. Or even a decent one. Everything here is sabotaged by the fact that the story makes no sense. At all. A real mess. You are not really able to follow anything that happens. After a while, you kind of accept that this is just a bunch of scenes stitched together which really don’t have anything that brings them together. Was it trying to involve supernatural aspects? Was it attempting to be deep? End result is a film you cannot get into as it remains inaccessible in its state of disarray.

Other aspects in the film are okay. Cinematography. Acting. Especially Andy Garcia, who is really invested in his oddball character. But Fox and, oh year, Oscar Isaac. I don’t know what they were doing! Fox for the reasons mentioned above and Issac (who is normally a really good actor) should be given the Razzie Award just for that accent he uses.

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